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Ice Hotels

by Angelique Platas

Dec 2, 2017

© Zhukovsky | Dreamstime


Show the kids a real-life SnowCastle even Elsa would envy in Kemi, Finland. Opening Jan. 20, 2018, guests go beyond the solid white snow walls to explore the SnowCastle, made entirely of snow and ice. The snow and ice used to shape the incredible and functional art was made entirely of salty seawater.


SnowChapel in Snow Hotel, Kemi, Finland

SnowChapel in Snow Hotel, Kemi, Finland. Photo: Zhukovsky | Dreamstime

Located in Kemi along the frozen sea, the castle is open from the end of January until mid-April. Complete with a SnowRestaurant, chapel and hotel, the SnowCastle is a one-stop shop for unique winter fun and events. Take a seat at the SnowRestaurant with nearly 200 other guests or pop into the SnowChapel for photos—that’s if there isn’t already a wedding.


The SnowHotel’s unique and completely custom decorations and snow rooms provide guests with the ultimate snowy stay. Take an Arctic adventure to Finland and check out the enormous SnowCastle, unique accommodations and winter activities for cold weather-loving families and guests.


For a limited time this winter, you and the family can spend the night in an ice hotel. Open Dec. 15–22 and again Dec. 28–30, Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta, Norway, is the word’s northernmost ice hotel. Pack your long underwear, thermal everything and layer up for a unique family stay.

Honeymoon Suite in the Ice Hotel, Sorrisniva, Norway

Honeymoon Suite in the Ice Hotel, Sorrisniva, Norway. Photo: Karen Deakin | Dreamstime

Each year, the ice hotel showcases an original Arctic theme providing a unique experience every time. Book ice excursions by day from snowmobiling and dog sledding to reindeer sledding and ice fishing. Take a guided tour of the pristine landscape surrounding and take a riverboat adventure.


After a day out exploring the snow and ice, head back to the igloo for special cocktails and artful cuisine. Unwind in the warmth and quiet atmosphere of the hotel living room after dinner. Bundle up and zip into the thermal sleeping bags for a warm and cozy sleep in your own family igloo.


For those who just want a peek at the igloo and not a full night’s stay, check out the daily ticket and tour options. Visit the Igloo Hotel for a drink in an ice glass and a tour of the impressive space.


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